The Latest Adirondack Titles for Kids and Adults

nd2016_nolights_webLooking for a page-turner to curl up with now that the weather is turning brisk? Here are some new regional titles to stack next to your hearth:

12 Adventures on New State Lands: Exploring the Finch, Pruyn Tractsthe latest pocket guide from Adirondack Explorer editor Phil Brown, available this November—covers hikes, bikes, paddles and more in the newly public 65,000-acre tract that encompasses Boreas Ponds, OK Slip Falls, the Essex Chain Lakes, and parts of the Hudson Gorge ($9.75, softcover, maps and color photographs,

The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Adirondack Archangels: Guardians of the High Peaks is a compilation of essays by and about the region’s leading advocates, including Edwin Ketchledge, Bob Marshall and the army of summit stewards that follows in their footsteps (297 pages, $24.95, softcover, black-and-white and color photographs,

In The Adirondack Heart, Adirondack Photography Institute director John Radigan pairs his poetry with his impressionistic images ($39, hardcover, color photographs,

Adirondack Logging: Stories, Memories, Cookhouse Chronicles, Linn Tractors and Gould Paper Company History from Adirondack and Tug Hill Lumber Camps by William J. O’Hern offers oral histories, recipes and more from “the early years of logging’s mechanization” (In the Adirondacks, 457 pages, $28.99, softcover, black-and-white photographs,

Birds and Bees in the Adirondacks: An Educational Activity Book, written and illustrated by Tatine Rehm, celebrates our flying neighbors with puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, jokes and a flock of fun facts ($10, softcover,

Author Sheila Myers turns her focus to the irrepressible Ella Durant in Castles in the Air, the latest installment in a fictionalized retelling of the lives of the influential Durant family (Zahigkeit Press, 276 pages, $12.99, paperback,

Brian Mann, the Adirondack bureau chief for North Country Public radio, calls Charlie Whistler’s Omnium Gatherum: Campfire Stories and Adirondack Adventures by Philip Delves Broughton, “a fictional love letter” to Raquette Lake. Mann writes in our November/December issue, “The book is a kind of semi-fictional scrapbook meant mostly for young readers. Think one part The Dangerous Book for Boysone part Boy Scout manual and one part anything else that caught Broughton’s curiosity” (HarperCollins, 272 pages, $29.99, hardcover, color illustrations,

Desperate Steps: Life, Death, and Choices Made in the Mountains of the Northeast (Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 2016), by Peter W. Kick, shares 20 harrowing tales—including a half-dozen Adirondack tragedies—and attempts to tease out the lessons readers can learn from others’ missteps (269 pages, $18.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs,

The American Birding Association’s portable Field Guide to Birds of New York by Corey Finger is packed with color photographs and birding tips as well as comprehensive identification, habitat and birdsong information (Scott & Nix, 348 pages, $24.95, softcover,

Nature photographer and longtime Adirondack Life contributor Mark Bowie celebrates an under-appreciated month in Finding November (89 pages, $12.95, ebook, color photographs,

Flight Paths: A Field Journal of Hope, Heartbreak, and Miracles with New York’s Bird People by Darryl McGrath recounts the race to save the bald eagle and peregrine falcon from extinction in the 1970s as well as contemporary efforts on behalf of at-risk species like the common loon and Bicknell’s thrush (State University of New York Press, 366 pages, $24.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs,

Leaves Torn Asunder: A Novel of the Adirondacks and the American Civil War, a well-researched novel by historian Glenn L. Pearsall, explores the impact of the Civil War on a small Adirondack town (Pyramid Publishing, 241 pages, $12.95, paperback,

More than just a how-to manual, Maple Syrup: An Introduction to the Science of a Forest Treasure by Mike Rechlin taps into the science behind the region’s sweetest hobby while outlining the latest innovations (The McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, 179 pages, $24.95, softcover, illustrations and color photographs,

The Moose is Loose—a picture book by Yvonne Foster Southerland and Alexis Southerland Anekwe and illustrated by Jeff Vernon—charts the adventures of an Adirondack moose and the Wiggletoes family as they camp, canoe and eat a lot of cheeseburgers (Outskirts Press, 37 pages, $14.95, paperback, color illustrations,

The revised and expanded edition of Craig Brandon’s Murder in the Adirondacks: An American Tragedy Revisited—examining the infamous Chester Gillette–Grace Brown murder case—includes more photographs as well as details from Chester Gillette’s diary (North Country Books, 367 pages, $24.95, softcover, black-and-white photographs and illustrations,

In Ric Dilz’s picture book My Grandma Could Do Anything! in the Adirondacks, a multi-talented grandmother rock climbs, rides the rapids, engineers a scenic train and more (Jibber Jabbers, 32 pages, $6.95, softcover, color illustrations,

The Outlaws of Cascade Falls, a new adventure from Justin and Gary VanRiper’s popular Adirondack Kids series, follows best friends Nick, Justin and Jackie—with new kid Charles—as they search for an old abandoned safe along the Cascade Trail and stumble straight into the legend of Bigfoot (Adirondack Kids Press, 85 pages, $9.95, softcover, black-and-white illustrations,

The Seventh Wish, by Lake Champlain–based children’s author Kate Messner, goes beyond the “be careful what you wish for” theme, allowing middle-grade readers to explore a serious issue that is impacting many modern families (Bloomsbury, 228 pages, $16.99, hardcover,

The Underground Railroad in the Adirondack Town of Chester, by Donna Lagoy and Laura Seldman, investigates the off-the-record history of their small but influential town (The History Press, 176 pages, $22.99, softcover, black-and-white and color photographs,

Dr. Daniel Way collects the oral histories of local veterans in We Were There: World War II Stories from the Adirondacks’ Greatest Generation (Indian Lake Press, 160 pages, $25 and $40, softcover and hardcover, color photographs,

In Who Are These People Anyway?, Chief Irving Powless Jr. shares wit and wisdom from the Onondaga Nation (Syracuse University Press, 189 pages, $19.95, softcover,



The Latest Adirondack Titles for Kids and Adults
Stony Creek Inn Inside a beloved local hangout
Aaron Mair The Sierra Club president on race in the Adirondacks and his vision for a trail to honor fallen soldiers
How I Got the Shot: Autumn Tea Party
Boreas Ponds Off-limits for more than a century, this gateway to the High Peaks is poised to become public land
The Smartest Lake on Earth Can technology keep Lake George pristine? BILL MCKIBBEN explores the Jefferson Project
Back to the Future A time capsule from the 1964 World's Fair becomes a family camp
In Good Spirits Homegrown farm distilleries take root in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Life Wins 12 Regional Magazine Awards
Jazzing Up Lake George A free annual festival draws international talent
Johns Brook Lodge—The Last Resort This backcountry bunkhouse doubles as base camp for countless High Peaks hikes
Smallville The rewards and responsibilities of hamlet living
Adiwheredacks? Fuzzy geography on the streets of Manhattan
Carry On A paddler ponders the St. Regis Canoe Area
How I Got the Shot: Fog-Enshrouded Fall Foliage
Nip Rogers The Lake Placid homecoming of an artist with a global perspective
Anne LaBastille’s Legacy Honoring a friend's last wishes
Abandoned Adirondacks Finding beauty in decay
Sand by Me A user's guide to North Country beaches
A Passionate Nature The consummate art of Harold Weston
How I Got the Shot: Canoes on Rollins Pond
Trail Safe A forest ranger's backcountry tips that could save your life
Dog-Friendly Lake Placid
A History in Fragments Following the forgotten trail of Native Adirondack cultures
Open-Air Concerts around the Park
Logging at Boreas Ponds
Miniature Golf in the Kingdom Tilting at windmills ... and other distractions
The Blizzard of May 1976